Two guest posts in one day? This is my version of a day off though I'm still following along in the comments sections from time to time.
This time the poster is Kevin Gallo, a guy with whom most of you are familiar because of his contributions here. You can also check out his work at Big League Futures, where he is the Director of Scouting.
The Cubs will once again have a top draft pick and they're at an interesting spot at #4. One could argue that there is a set top 4 in college stars LHP Carlos Rodon, SS Trea Turner, RHPs Jeff Hoffman and prep flame thrower RHP Tyler Kolek. But the Cubs prefer college players when possible this early in the draft, so it's not a slam dunk they'd take Kolek if the other 3 are taken. College pitchers Tyler Beede and Luke Weaver loom as potential risers.
Today we have a scouting report on one of those top 4 candidates: East Carolina RHP Jeff Hoffman, who is rising fast -- so fast that there is now some doubt as to whether he'll even be available. If he is, we know the Cubs will be interested and will take a long hard look, especially given the dearth of potential frontline starters not just in the Cubs organization, but in all of baseball.
Jeff Hoffman Scouting Report
By Kevin Gallo
Pitcher name: Jeff Hoffman
Draft status: East Carolina University Junior
Physical: Hoffman has a tall thin frame with room to add muscle. He has long limbs, rounded shoulders and a board chest. It’s as prefect a pitcher’s body you can get.
Mechanics: Starts on the 1B side of the rubber with his hands starting at his chest. He has a slight step to the side instead of straight back but it is very controlled. He keeps is hands at his chest before he breaks his hands after a high leg kick. He shows very good balance at this point and goes into a drop and drive delivery. He pitches from a true to low ¾ arm slot. Shows a solid landing with his lead leg but falls to his glove side. He shows very good repeatability in his delivery.
Fastball: Has a plus FB that sits in the mid-90s with excellent tailing action.
Secondary Pitches: Hoffman has an above average to plus Curveball closer to plus. CB sits around 80mph with a 1 to 7 hard biting break. He looks to be an out pitch at the Major League Level.
Change up: His Changeup is average but doesn’t use it very much. It sits in the high 80s but shows good tailing and arm action. I have been told his Changeup has improved but I can only go off what I have seen.
Command: He works good command of his FB and CB but didn’t see enough of his CU to get an idea of it.
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